Meditation

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the last couple of weeks, I’ve had 2 crappy dental procedures and a car problem.  Apparently my last dentist was not so great so I had to have this super-duper cleaning procedure done.

For all of my droning on and on about meditation and how super amazing and beneficial it is, I don’t have a post just entitled ‘Meditation.’  It’s always ‘Meditation and…………’  I finally got around to emailing the one neurologist I like in this world.  Here is the e-mail…..

“Hi Dr. T!

Do you recognize my name?  I hope so!  🙂

I wanted to tell you something.  After my stroke, I saw A LOT of doctors, a lot.  You were the only one that listened to what I had to say and didn’t treat me like you were superior and knew better.  The general consensus in the stroke survivor community is that if you have a stroke, you’re screwed.  We feel neurologists can be very arrogant and after the initial period of a couple of months after injury, you’re on your own and no one is genuinely trying to help you.  I know this because I write a blog that has become the go-to place as a resource for information and support for stroke survivors.  I get emails and questions from people all over the entire world about things to do after a stroke.
I wrote about you after my last appointment with you and have recommended you to other stroke survivors.
Here is what I wrote…
https://mycerebellarstrokerecovery.com/2014/03/03/needle-in-a-haystack/

Please, please, please start recommending meditation and breath work to your brain injury patients, please.  There is a plethora of evidence about meditation and its effects on the brain and I can’t for the life of me understand why it is not part of mainstream medicine yet.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=meditation

Please tell your patients that they need to meditate.”

I really don’t get it.  Meditation has so much research to prove how good it is for the brain and how it helps with neuroplasticity, I really am flabbergasted that neurologists don’t recommend it.  They shouldn’t just recommend it, it should be a standard for brain injury patients.  Read this.  We have a lot of work to do.  Meditation belongs on doctors’ prescription pads, it shouldn’t be just a fleeting recommendation.

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Categories: Brain stuff, Health, Recovery, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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4 replies

  1. Doctors hear so much crap from patients who are only with them for a short time, it had to be refreshing to hear from a past patient as follow-up. They often don’t hear. Nice letter Amy.

  2. I hope your dental procedures are completed.

    can you please let us know if/when you hear back from Dr. T?

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